spot - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlespotting
past tensespotted
past participlespotted
  1. 1
    to notice someone or something

    Hugh was spotted by local police and had to leave quickly.

    spot someone doing something:

    The boys had been spotted buying alcohol.

    1. a.
      to notice that someone has a talent that can be developed

      She was spotted singing in bars when she was 18.

      spot someone’s potential:

      An effective teacher can spot a child’s potential.

  2. 2
    to watch someone doing a sports activity such as weight training or gymnastics in order to help them, and to make sure that they do not get injured
  3. 3
    American in sports, to give an advantage to someone who you are playing against, usually because they are not as good as you